By Nicole Gruter
Madison
Wisconsin
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Consistently rating high in Forbes’ best places to live, Madison makes for a unique vacation destination when seeking a smaller city with lots to offer. Whether you’re looking for culture, a bit of nature, or an affordable place to relax, Madison offers surprising variety throughout its entertaining isthmus.

Where once stood swamp and forest now stands an eclectic city nestled in between two beautiful lakes, Mendota and Monona, making Madison the only nation’s capitol built on an isthmus. Although Madison is a manageable drive from either Milwaukee or Chicago, you can fly directly into Madison’s Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) by booking with EscapeWizard.com. Just follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make your flight arrangements, and you’ll be on your way. Follow the EscapeWizard.com hotel link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl), and you’ll be assisted in finding your perfect hotel accommodations, whether it includes a lakefront view or the convenience of being near campus. Here at EscapeWizard.com, we recommend either Crowne Plaza or the Holiday Inn as 2 of the best hotels in Madison.

Madison’s core is arguably State Street, a six block pedestrian mall featuring a variety of boutiques, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and in the warmer months, there are performers. At the top of State Street is Madison’s majestic State House, its silhouette prominently shaping the city’s skyline. Within a block’s radius from the capitol square, you’ll find the Veterans Museum, the Children’s Museum, and the Wisconsin Historical Museum. In addition to these outstanding highlights, EscapeWizard.com urges you to explore the many offerings of State Street’s Overture Center, a gorgeous performing arts center that houses several theatres, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and a rooftop sculpture garden. You’ll see world-class productions and exhibits within this striking facility.

At State Street’s opposite end, you’ll find the beginning of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s sprawling campus. Not only does this Big Ten School bring a decidedly student-fueled energy to the city, it provides attractions any tourist can take advantage of. The university touts a 1200-acre arboretum, canoe, kayak, and sailboat rentals, and live music on its enchanting terrace with Lake Mendota as its backdrop (a must-stop for a hot summer night). EscapeWizard.com recommends accessing this diverse campus’ weekly offerings of sport and culture.

Madison knows how to keep occupied in the colder months with its winter festivals, cozy nightclubs, and yes, ice fishing. However, summer is when Madison really shines. Taking advantage of the short summer, the city hosts almost weekly block parties, music festivals, and one of the United State’s premier beer festivals, The Great Taste of the Midwest. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to find these fun ‘insider’ attractions which all feature splendid music, food, and craft. You’ll enjoy the city like a local and get a true feeling of the city’s spirit.

If getting your body moving is your idea of vacationing, Madison boasts hundreds of miles of bike trails plus the Capitol City trail, a bucolic 41- mile trail between Madison and Dodgeville. This exquisite trail follows an old military road built in 1855 and links several state trails. There are several bike rentals in Madison, each willing to help map out your trip whether it be for an hour or a day. By combining a bike tour along with a visit to one of Madison’s 260 parks or 13 beaches, you can enjoy a day in the great outdoors right inside the city.

Whether you want to enjoy the city’s natural beauty, its cultural offerings, or simply enjoy the town’s laid back attitude, Madison can help you enjoy your next vacation to its fullest. By clicking onto (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php), you can let EscapeWizard.com help you book your next trip to one of the Midwest’s finest capitol cities.
Hotels in Madison
By Emma McCurdy
Hilton Madison Monona Terrace
9 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI
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The Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is located in the heart of downtown Madison. Only a few blocks from State Street, Dane County Farmer’s Market, and the Wisconsin State Capital building, the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is the perfect place to crash after a long day of seeing the sites. With a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, valet parking, and self-parking (Valet parking and self-parking include a small fee.) checking in will be a breeze. Check in time is at 3 p.m.

Coming into your room you will notice the amazing view of downtown Madison, the State Capitol, or Lake Monona. There are many different types of rooms available. From accessible rooms for special needs guests to suites for major relaxation, your room will be your home away from home. Amenities offered in your room include: high-speed internet, 24-hour room service, a 37-inch television, a choice between a king size bed or two double beds, as well as other amenities.

Whether your stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is business or personal, the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace will make sure all your personal and business needs are met. With a heated indoor pool, located on the second level, you can be sure to swim or relax the day away. The fitness center is located on the very same level to meet all your fitness needs. It is open daily from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The complimentary business center, located on the ground floor, will help you get your work done. From meeting rooms to audio and visual equipment rental, you are sure to make the best out of the business center.

After your luxurious stay is complete, it is time to check out. Check out time is at 12 p.m. With the help of EscapeWizard.com your decision to stay at the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace will be a great choice. Click the here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started on your trip today.
Hotels in Madison
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Madison West
479 Commerce Drive, Madison, WI
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Homewood Suites by Hilton® Madison West is an amazing hotel in the city. EscapeWizard.com recommends booking your stay at this hotel that is convenient to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check-in at the hotel is at 3 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Madison. If you arrive early, the hotel allows you to check your bags so you do not have to wait around for check-in time. Pet owners will love that this hotel is open to having pets that are 75 pounds or less.  However, they do require a 75 dollar non-refundable fee for the stay.

The hotel has a number of different sized suites that can accommodate nearly any group. There is a television in the living area of the suites as well as the bedrooms. The hotel has a DVD player in the living area of the suites. Each suite of the hotel has a full kitchen including a refrigerator, dishwasher, 2 top stove, microwave, utensils and more. Homewood also has the normal room amenities like iron and ironing board, double locking doors, mp3 connection alarm clock and others.

Homewood has lots of amenities in their hotel for travelers to utilize while in Madison. There is a fitness center for guests to use to maintain their normal workout routines. After your work out, guests can enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the putting green on site to practice. If you need to wash clothes during your stay, the hotel has coin laundry available. Also, for supplies, there is a Wal-Mart located only a few blocks away.

All in all, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Madison West has everything you would ask for and more in a hotel. In the mornings, wake up to a complimentary breakfast, and check out is at 12 p.m. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Madison
By Shaina Amienyi
Comfort Inn
722 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
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The Comfort Inn (formally called the Holiday Inn Express Madison) is a great hotel choice, and you will see for yourself why this is a popular hotel in Madison. You will experience a location close to top attractions, a friendly staff, fluent in English and Spanish, and a great selection of amenities and services. Check into the hotel after 3pm the day you arrive in town, and be sure to checkout by 12pm on your departure day. During your stay, be sure to attend the hotel's adults-only reception held every Monday through Thursday evening.

The hotel's 91 rooms provide guests with a comfortable, relaxing, and fun experience. Rooms feature a single king bed or double queen beds. Rooms provide you with access to free wireless internet so you will have no problem checking e-mail or getting work done. If you want to entertain yourself, you can watch cable TV channels, including HBO. There is a free newspaper delivered to your room every morning so you can stay informed of events. Standard rooms also come with a coffee and tea maker.

In suites and Executive Club rooms, a microwave and fridge are added for your convenience, and guests in these rooms also get to watch television on a 32-inch flat screen. Those who book suites will enjoy lounging on the king sized bed with Serta mattress or relaxing in the whirlpool in their bathrooms.

In case there is not one in your room, there is a spa whirlpool in the hotel for all guests to enjoy. The whirlpool is in the area with the indoor pool. Another area guests should visit is the fitness center, equipped with a treadmill, stationary bike, and elliptical.

This hotel provides the customary Express Start Breakfast bar, but joining the biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, hard-boiled eggs, etc. is pancakes--the new addition to the breakfast menu. There is no restaurant inside the hotel, but there are several restaurants and bars nearby.

The Comfort Inn Madison is an excellent choice whether you are in town for a business meeting or to see the sights. There is so much to do near the hotel that you will have no problem staying active. The hotel is located minutes from the University of Wisconsin, the State Capitol Building, Monona Terrace Convention Center, and more. EscapeWizard.com invites you to reserve one of the comfortable, well-appointed rooms. To do so, click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Madison
By Jessica Beck
Staybridge Suites Madison
3301 City View Drive, Madison, WI
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Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, this hotel’s prime location is both convenient and perfect for both the businessman and tourist alike. Only 4 miles from downtown and with local attractions right around the corner, you will love your stay in Madison. Since each guest room is a suite, you will enjoy both the comfort and the breathing room offered to you at Staybridge.

Staybridge makes sure all of its guests are taken care of and comfortable. Enjoy your daily complimentary buffet breakfast. Work up a rejuvenating sweat, in the 24-hour fitness center equipped with 2 treadmills, a recumbent bike, an elliptical, stairmaster, and 3 weight stations. Lay back for a relaxing soak in the whirlpool. Plunge into the pool to cool off after a day’s worth of work or travel. Take advantage of the library stocked with board games for a family night in, books for pleasure reading, and a basketball hoop for a fun pick-up game with friends. Grill out one night for a family picnic using the on-site barbeque grills. Here on business? Head down to the on-site 24-hour Business Center where you can complete any copying, printing, and emailing you may need to accomplish during your stay.

As you walk into your spacious suite, take a deep breath and let it out as you fall into your plush mattress and snuggle up into your cozy bedding. Sip on a fresh cup of your favorite morning brew with your in-room coffee/tea maker. Enjoy using your full in-room kitchen complete with a full refrigerator with an icemaker, a microwave, stove, toaster and a dishwasher. The kitchen also comes stocked with silverware, pots, pans, serving dishes, glassware, and plates. Catch your favorite show on your cable television as you wind down for the night. Draw a soothing bath in your private bathroom which also comes stocked with a hamper and hairdryer. Kick back on your sofa-bed and stay connected using your in-room wireless internet capabilities. Or stretch out on your generous work desk and get down business.

Check-in to Staybridge Suites and enjoy all the comforts of home in your home-away-from-home. Book your stay with EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Madison
By Elizabeth Fuga
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison
525 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI
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When visiting Madison, Wisconsin, why not consider booking your stay at the DoubleTree located conveniently in the downtown area?   The DoubleTree is situated close to some of the major attractions the city has to offer like the University Wisconsin-Madison’s campus, the Overture Center for the Arts, the bustling shopping district, and, of course, the State Capitol.  If you want to see a game or some other entertainment, the Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center, and the entertainment district are very close by.  There is also plenty of entertainment for the kids or kids-at-heart at the Children’s Museum and the Henry Vilas Zoo. Check in time is 3 p.m.

This hotel features 163 comfortable rooms each with modern amenities that are well suited for both guests staying for business or pleasure.  All rooms have a 32 inch flat-screen HDTV, safe, light-up mirror with hair dryer, and coffee.  Additionally, you have the option of a two-room suite complete with lounge, sofa, and view of the Capitol.  Complimentary Wi-Fi is accessible from all parts of the hotel.

All of your business needs can be met with the 5,000 square foot meeting space, 24-hour business center, and the next-day dry cleaning and laundry service.  If you need to stretch your legs, this hotel offers a 24-hour fitness center, or you can cool off in the indoor pool and whirlpool.  Or, if you’re craving good, old-fashioned American food, the Badgerland Bar and Grill located in the hotel should satisfy you.

Check out time is 11 a.m.  The DoubleTree offers a free shuttle service to the airport, so there is no need to stress out about getting to your flight on time.  When staying in Madison, Wisconsin, please consider the modern and convenient DoubleTree.  Let EscapeWizard.com help you book your stay at the DoubleTree Madison by clicking here (insert link).
Hotels in Madison
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Madison
706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI
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The completely renovated Sheraton Madison Hotel is conveniently located right in the middle of the exciting city of Madison. The University of Wisconsin campus is just three miles away and many major corporations, such as Kraft Foods, Oscar Mayer Foods and Alliant Energy, are also nearby. The Dane County Coliseum and Expo Center is within walking distance, as is Lake Monona and Olin Park and Beach. Also nearby are the Children’s Museum, the Madison Farmers Market and the Wisconsin State Historical Society. If you are looking to spend time outside, you can visit the Olbrich Botanical Gardens or play a round at one of several golf courses in the area.

The guest rooms and suites offer a calming sanctuary at the end of the day. All of the rooms have flat screen televisions with cable channels, as well complimentary high speed wireless internet access for your convenience. You will find a Starbucks® one cup coffee maker with complimentary coffee products in each room, as well. If you stay in a Sheraton Club room, you will receive bottled water and access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, which has complimentary breakfast and beverages, as well as office supplies and printing services.

The Sheraton Madison Hotel aims to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, including providing airport pick up and drop off services during certain hours. You can also enjoy the heated indoor pool, as well as the hot tub. A modern fitness area is open to all guests, as well.

There are several great dining options in the hotel. The Heartland Grill is open for breakfast and dinner and serves true American cuisine in casual surroundings. The Harvest Lounge is a great place to grab a beer or a cocktail, or sample some of the other menu items. There is also a coffee bar open during the day.

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